Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: West Fox

Nearest Town: Fifty Lakes
Primary County: Crow Wing
Survey Date: 07/29/2013
Inventory Number: 18029700
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete North shore of East Fox Lake on southwest shore of long point.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 449.42
Littoral Area (acres): 138
Maximum Depth (ft): 55
Water Clarity (ft): 14.5 (13-16)

Dominant Bottom Substrate: N/A
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: N/A
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 19.5 (5-23)


Did you know? Lake rehabilitation projects reclaim waters suffering from habitat degradation and overpopulation of some fish species.

Fish Sampled for the 2013 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Crappie Trap net 0.33 0.5 - 2.2 0.18 0.3 - 0.5
Gill net 3.00 0.3 - 1.7 0.43 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Trap net 15.22 7.7 - 43.4 0.06 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 6.22 N/A 0.11 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.33 0.3 - 1.0 3.99 2.6 - 4.9
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 2.67 N/A 0.29 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.11 0.4 - 1.5 0.06 0.2 - 0.7
Gill net 1.44 0.5 - 1.7 0.90 0.5 - 1.2
Northern Pike Trap net 0.33 N/A 2.13 N/A
Gill net 12.33 2.2 - 8.7 2.22 1.5 - 3.2
Pumpkinseed Trap net 0.22 1.4 - 5.9 0.21 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.67 N/A 0.26 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 0.89 0.8 - 3.7 0.20 0.2 - 0.4
Gill net 1.89 0.7 - 4.4 0.45 0.2 - 0.4
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 0.89 1.3 - 10.4 0.99 0.3 - 1.0
Walleye Trap net 0.33 0.2 - 0.7 0.53 0.7 - 2.8
Gill net 1.56 1.0 - 5.0 4.40 1.2 - 3.0
White Sucker Gill net 0.11 0.5 - 2.0 5.35 1.6 - 2.6
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.11 1.0 - 5.3 0.81 0.5 - 0.9
Gill net 0.22 1.0 - 6.0 0.50 0.4 - 0.7
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.33 0.4 - 2.3 0.09 0.1 - 0.2
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species (Trapnet, Gillnet) Sampled for the 2013 Survey Year

Species Number of fish caught in each category (inches)
0-5 6-8 9-11 12-14 15-19 20-24 25-29 30+ Total
black crappie 10 10 6 4 0 0 0 0 30
bluegill 162 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 193
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3
hybrid sunfish 9 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 24
largemouth bass 1 2 7 2 2 0 0 0 14
northern pike 0 0 0 2 46 43 18 5 114
pumpkinseed 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
rock bass 5 16 4 0 0 0 0 0 25
tullibee (cisco) 0 2 0 4 2 0 0 0 8
walleye 0 0 2 2 2 7 4 0 17
white sucker 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
yellow bullhead 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3
yellow perch 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3


For the record, the largest Atlantic Salmon taken in Minnesota weighed 12 lbs., 13 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Baptism River, Lake County
    When: 10/12/91
    Statistics: 35.5" length, 16.5" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2011 Walleye2 fingerlings 3,024 140.0
2008 Walleye fingerlings 3,080 140.0
2005 Walleye yearlings 340 85.0
  Walleye adults 110 55.0

Stocking Notes
1 - indicates fish purchased and stocked by private citizens and sporting groups.
2 - indicates fish purchased by the DNR for stocking.

Stocking Fish Sizes
Fry - Newly hatched fish that are ready to be stocked usually called "swim-ups". Walleye fry are 1/3 of an inch or around 8 mm.
Fingerling - Fingerlings are one to six months old and can range from a size of one to twelve inches depending on the species. Walleye fingerlings range from three to eight inches each fall.
Yearling - Yearling fish are at least one year old. A one-year-old fish can range from three to twenty inches depending on the species. Walleye yearlings average from six to twelve inches.
Adult - Adult fish are fish that have reached maturity. Depending on the species, maturity can be reached at two years of age. Walleye reach maturity between the ages of four and six years.

Fish Consumption Guidelines

These fish consumption guidelines help people make choices about which fish to eat and how often. Following the guidelin es enables people to reduce their exposure to contaminants while still enjoying the many benefits from fish.

Pregnant Women, Women who may become pregnant and Children under age 15

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
WEST FOX
Crow Wing Co., 18029700
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Cisco   All sizes     Mercury
Crappie All sizes        
Largemouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye   All sizes     Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
WEST FOX
Crow Wing Co., 18029700
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Cisco All sizes        
Crappie All sizes        
Largemouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike All sizes        
Walleye   All sizes     Mercury

DOWID - MN DNR, Division of Waters' lake ID number.

Contaminants listed were measured at levels that trigger advice to limit consumption.

Listing of consumption guidelines do not imply the fish are legal to keep, MN DNR fishing regulations should be consulted.

Dioxin
Mercury
PCBS - Polychlorinated biphenyls
PFOS - Perfluorooctane sulfanate


Status of the Fishery (as of 07/29/2013)

West Fox can be accessed through a shallow channel from East Fox. Most species were present in average numbers for this type of lake. Those that appear to offer the best angling opportunities were northern pike and black crappie. The northern pike population has steadily grown to the point where their numbers are now high (12.3/net). Average length was 21.2", with 25% of the fish measuring 24" or larger. We encourage anglers to release any northern pike they catch above 24" to improve the size structure on this lake. Black crappies were caught in good numbers in gill nets (3.0/net), with 57% of the fish measuring 8" or larger.

Other fish species weren't as impressive. While bluegill numbers were average (15.2/net), size was small, with an average length of 4.1" and only 4% of the fish 7" or larger. No electrofishing was done for bass, but of the fish caught in nets, 29% were 12" or larger. Walleye numbers would be considered average for this lake (1.6/net) and size was good, with an average length of 22.7" and all but one fish over 19". All of these fish came from years in which stocking occurred, suggesting very little natural reproduction has occurred recently.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
1601 Minnesota Dr
Brainerd, MN 56401
Phone: (218) 828-2550
Internet: Brainerd Fisheries
E-Mail: Brainerd.Fisheries@state.mn.us

Lake maps can be obtained from:

Minnesota Bookstore
660 Olive Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 297-3000 or (800) 657-3757
To order, use B0378 for the map-id.


For general DNR Information, contact:

DNR Information Center
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4040
TDD: (651) 296-6157 or (888) MINNDNR
Internet: www.dnr.state.mn.us
E-Mail: info.dnr@state.mn.us

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